Newcastle forward Shola Ameobi has picked up yet another injury to add to the ever-growing list throughout his career.
The long-serving striker has scored six goals in seven starts this season, as he has slowly developed a dangerous partnership with United No. 9 Andy Carroll.
But the Nigerian-born forward is now back on the injury list again after lasting only 45 minutes against Blackburn before being forced off and replaced by pacey forward Nile Ranger.
The former England under-21 international is now doubtful for United's next match against Fulham at St. James on Saturday, leaving United boss Chris Hughton with a selection headache.
Mild-mannered Hughton must now decide whether to reward the hard-working Ranger with his first Premier League start or move captain Kevin Nolan into a more attacking role.
Nolan began the season playing behind Carroll for United, but has reverted into a more central midfield role in recent weeks.
With January signing Leon Best still a long way from being match-ready, it could leave United with only forward Peter Lovenkrands among the substitutes for United on Saturday—if Ranger starts.
United remained in fifth place despite last night's disappointing defeat, the only highlight being Andy Carroll taking his goal tally to seven for the season, making him the top English forward in the Premier League.